Pens leak, and when they do, a horrible stain is left behind. This is something we've all experienced at some point in our lives. Depending on the ink kind, removing ink stain can be difficult.
Not all ink stains, however, are difficult to remove. Washable marker ink is easier to remove; however, keep permanent markers and highlighters away from your clothes because the stain they leave is the most difficult to remove.
In order to remove ink stains, you'll need a solvent that can handle both polar (water) and non-polar (organic) molecules.
Here are a few techniques to get ball point ink out of your favorite shirt or piece of clothing:
1. Blot it Out For fresh ink stains, this method works best. Try to absorb as much ink as possible using a soft tissue or a cloth. To prevent the stain from spreading to the back of the garment, always place a white cloth underneath the discolored area.
2. Use Alcohol as a Stain RemoverAlcohol is a powerful stain remover. Rub the stain with a cotton ball dipped in alcohol. Repeat the procedure until the area is clean. Although alcohol is an excellent solution, it can react with certain fabrics, so always test it first.
3. Hair SprayGet a hair apply that contains a lot of alcohol and spray it on the stain. To remove the discoloration, use tissues, paper towels, or cotton balls. Repeat the procedure until the stain is gone, then wash the cloth.
4. Nail Polish Remover – Follow the same steps as with hair spray to remove the stain completely. Because nail polish remover includes enough alcohol, always perform a test run before using it.
5. Milk – This is a simple and easy DIY method that you should always try before moving on to the next step. Soak the stained section of the shirt or linen overnight in a glass of milk, then wash it the next day.
6. Salt – If the stain is fresh and the ink is still wet, salt will work. If this is the case, all you have to do is sprinkle some salt on the stain and blot it with a moist paper towel. Repeat the process until the cleanliness is no longer satisfactory.
7. Vinegar – Apply white vinegar to the affected area and cover with a clean cloth for 4-5 minutes. Mix 2 parts white vinegar with 3 parts cornstarch to make a paste, and apply it to the stained area. After the paste has dried fully, wash the fabric thoroughly.
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